Composite fillings – also known as tooth-colored fillings – are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than amalgam fillings, which are darker and more easily seen by other people. Composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds that chemically bond to the teeth. They can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth. Drs. Tom and Shannon Galinis use composite restorations daily to restore teeth that have cavities or small signs of tooth wear, including recession and/or abractive lesions near the gum line.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for tooth-colored fillings?
Any patient who has a cavity, chipped tooth or signs of tooth wear is a candidate for composite fillings. Dr. Tom or Shannon Galinis will be happy to discuss which treatment is best for you.
What should I expect when I am receiving a tooth colored restoration?
During your visit, local anesthetic will be administered. Once the area has adequate anesthesia, the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth will be removed to make room for the new tooth-colored filling. A resin will be placed over the area and cured with a hand-held light for less than a minute. The new filling will then be shaped and polished to look like a natural tooth.
What type of post-treatment care is required after getting a composite filling?
Composite fillings are light cured restorations. Therefore, you are able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. It’s normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days following treatment. If sensitivity persists beyond a week, please contact the office so Dr. Tom or Shannon Galinis can evaluate the tooth.